27 October 2006

A New Winner?

Republican Attack Ad Offends Canada (Ian Austen, NY Times, 10/27/06)
A Republican television commercial that has drawn criticism in the United States has also become a political and diplomatic issue in Canada.

"Canada can take care of North Korea. They’re not busy," says an actor in the campaign advertisement, against Representative Harold E. Ford Jr., a Democratic candidate for the Senate in Tennessee.

Whatever its intent, the aside is seen in Canada as a suggestion that the country is a free rider when it comes to global security. While Canada did not participate in the invasion of Iraq, it has posted a large portion of its army in Afghanistan as part of NATO forces since 2002.
Well, the point was that the character, a Harold Ford supporter, was ignorant.

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